William E. "Bill" Jokela
July 13, 1944 - March 3, 2013
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Bill Jokela, age 68, of Appleton, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2013. He was born in Chicago, to the late William and Ida Jokela on July 13, 1944. Bill spent his childhood years in Iron River, Michigan; Brantwood, Wisconsin; and Chicago, Illinois. On July 27, 1968, he married Cathleen Culligan, and they spent forty-four…

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lynn frank left a message on May 2, 2013:
To put down in words what my uncle billy meant to me is pretty difficult. I loved him more than words can say. I hope he knows that. One of his favorite stories to tell me was when he first met me. i was diaperless and hugging his leg, i dont thinki need to say what happened you can guess! Lol! Of course i have no memory of it but he never let me forget how I babtized him. I have At least 45 years worth of unforgetable moments! All those years of laughter! i will cherish each and every memory I have until I can see him again to make new ones! I love you Uncle Billy.
Judy Bleck left a message on May 2, 2013:
I don't shoot pool, but I shot in a traveling pool tournament with Bill & his daughter Dawn. Bill was the best partner ever. He never got impatient or angry with me. He just helped me aim and laughed at me when I wouldn't even come close. He made the day fun and relaxing for me. He was always there to pick me up if I was down. That laugh of his was something you couldn't ignore. :) I will always remember words of wisdom and his patience, and of course his laughter.
Jim Williams left a message on May 2, 2013:
Most people don't have a say in who their siblings are. They just, arrive. I "arrived" when Bill was a youngster of 10, and we were parted when he was 13 or so. He was out of my life for almost 20 more years, until his detective work (pre-internet) brought us back in touch. In no time, we behaved together like the brothers we were. I was delighted to find someone with a laugh as big as mine - and oh how we did laugh together. I will miss his laugh, but also the person behind the laugh. Bill was sincere, honest, and kind. He was a gentle soul in a big man's body. He could get riled at times, but not too much, and never for too long. He was a role model, and he became my big brother when I was learning to be a man. I never thanked him for that. Now... he knows.
Sally Guay left a message on May 2, 2013:
I worked with Bill for 22 yrs at the Appleton Social Security Office and will always cherish those days. His sense of humor and laugh made the days so much easier. Lunches at Grumpy's, softball games, get togethers celebrating co-workers birthdays, retirements, or farewells were always more fun because of Bill. He always had a song in his heart and hummed along throughout the day. if I got tired of listening to him hum a particular song (Oh Lod It's Hard To Be Humble) I could get him to switch by just humming a few verses of something different-was like having my own personal radio station sitting right next to me. My life was enriched by his friendship and I am so saddened to hear of his passing. With deepest sympathy Cathy to you and your family.
David Sheagley left a message on May 2, 2013:
Bill was a dedicated union activist who was concerned to do the right thing for workers and was always willing to work hard to move issues forward in the Chicago Region and his Local. Folks like Bill are hard to find-- Rest in peace Bill.
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Dennis Wilson left a message on May 2, 2013:
Bill was a happy, hard working Union man. I echo Gary Schuman -he never said a bad thing about anyone. I wish that were true of me. He had a strong booming voice, and I could always find the meeting room when Bill was there laughing. God bless him on his trip home.
Gary Schumann left a message on May 2, 2013:
Although we worked out of Social Security offices separated by a hundred miles we were both officers of AFGE local 1346. We talked almost daily on the phone and shared hotel rooms at conventions, meetings,union training etc. He was one of the finest persons I have ever known. Totally committed to the union cause. I never heard him say a bad word about anybody. (management excluded). We talked union and about our lives on long trips together. The only downside to our rooming together was that he snored louder than any other person I have ever slept in the same room with. (even my wife). There was a solution. I just had an extra half dozen drinks before retiring. We went our own ways after retirement, but I thought of him frequently. He was the finest of men. I miss him.
Ray & Vicki VanAsten left a message on May 2, 2013:
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family in these difficult times. Our prayers are being sent.
Rita Nagan left a message on May 2, 2013:
Dear Cathy and family, Our thoughts and prayers are reaching out to you during this difficult time of loss. We are saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was a kind co-worker with a big heart and a laugh all his own. Our deepest sympathy, Tom and Rita Nagan
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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